1. About the role


ESU judges support our competitions which enhance students' speech-writing, public speaking and critical thinking - helping them to excel both in and out of school. Our judges make sure that students adhere to the fundamental guidelines of the competition, and rank the reams so that a winner can eventually be determined. Judges not only help competitions run smoothly, they help debaters improve by providing them with constructive feedback.

What do we expect from our judges?
As an ESU Judge you'll support the delivery of our three national competitions:
  • Schools' Mace debating competition (early evening, weekdays; ¬£40 per heat plus expenses)
  • ESU-Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for schools (early evening, weekdays; day time, weekends; voluntary, expenses provided)
  • Performing Shakespeare (weekdays; voluntary, expenses provided)

How will we support you?
  • Full training through our online training module and an individual briefing for each heat
  • Ongoing support and resources through our online platform and via your assigned regional ambassador
  • References upon request


Volunteers are the heart and soul of our national competitions run by ESU branches. As a volunteer you'll support the delivery of the competitions with duties ranging from acting as MC to timekeeping and general event management.

How will we support you?
All volunteers will be provided with a full briefing and relevant training. Once you become a volunteer you will automatically join the Education Network online 'community' where you can share ideas with others and access resources.

We can also provide references upon request.

Next steps:
Complete this expression of interest form and we will be in touch when we open for recruitment.